The homebuyers of Vigneshwara’s housing projects are not happy with the fact that the three directors of company currently lodged in Bhondsi Jail in connection with a Rs 1,000 cr fraud continue to live a life of luxury behind bars on taxpayers’ money.
In a complaint the CM’s window, Vigneshwara Victims’ Welfare Association (VVWA), which has over 400 aggrieved buyers, also alleged that Sunil Dahiya, Sanjay Dahiya and their father Daryao Singh got access to internet, mobile phones and outside food whenever they were taken out of jail for mediation meetings. The homebuyers have demanded that all three be shifted to Tihar Jail in Delhi since most of the hearings in connection with the fraud were taking place in Delhi courts.
Further, the jail authorities were wasting exchequers’ money and manpower in escorting them to a mediation centre in Delhi almost every day even as the association had refused to participate in such meetings, alleged Nipun Kapur, president of the association.
“On the pretext of mediation, the three accused remain out of the jail for 10-12 hours daily, use mobile phones, internet and eat outside food, defeating the purpose of their custody. We have also filed a complaint to the ADG (law and order) and the director-general (prisons), requesting them to break this nexus between the developers and jail staff in Bhondsi. The accused are roaming around freely, threatening the investors and making a mockery of the system, that too at the expense of taxpayers’ money,” alleged Kapur.
“Their family members and aides remain present at the mediation centre throughout the day, using the place as the developers’ office,” he added.
Earlier, in a complaint to DG (prisons) K. Selvaraj, the association had shared three mobile phone numbers, allegedly belonging to Sunil and Sanjay, through which they had been making calls to the investors. “We are afraid that this would influence the probe and undermine the justice,” said Javed Anand, another investor.
The jail authorities could not be reached despite repeated attempts. DSP (prisons) Sajid Khan did not respond to calls and messages. Sources, however, claimed ADG Mohammed Akil had directed the Gurugram police commissioner to probe the association’s allegations.
The three directors of Vigneshwara were arrested in 2014 and 2015 after the economic offence wing (EOW) in Delhi and Gurugram received over 800 complaints against them. The developer had allegedly collected Rs 1,000 cr from investors for residential and commercial projects in Sector 74, Manesar, and Sector 70, Gurugram. While the Manesar project, which had started in 2006-07, was partially completed, for the one in Gurugram, only excavation work was done. The developer had diverted the money collected from investors to over a dozen other companies illegally with the intention of cheating.